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Key port information can also be found at: Website of the Maritime Database on the Port of Beira

Port Overview

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The Port of Beira is the second largest port in Moçambique and is located about 1,200 kms north of Maputo, midway along the Moçambique coast Mozambique. It is located at the mouth of the Pungue Púngue River and is , 20 km from the open sea and about 1,200 km north of Maputo.

  • Beira has always been a transit port, handling the import and export cargoes for Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia and DRC
  • Anchorage for shallow draft vessels is situated at Franquia near the entrance
  • There is no pilotage or night navigation authorized between sunset and sunrise further restricting accessibility to the port
  • The approach to the Pungue River is obstructed by sandbanks and shoals which are constantly moving, the channel is dredged to a width of 135 m which has buoys and lighting
  • There is a vessel berthing draft restriction at Beira port of 6 m and a maximum of 8.5 m and a length restriction is 190 m
  • Tides are an issue as vessels can wait for many days at anchorage before entering the Macuti Channel to berth at Beira Port

Please note: In July 2010 a 12 month dredging operation commenced which will increase the draft to a maximum of 14 m which will then allow for vessel arrival and departure, 24-hours a day which will greatly increase the port performance

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Served by extensive rail and road network systems, Beira is the main port for exports and imports from the Mozambique provinces of Sofala, Manica and Tete, and a strategic gateway for the landlocked countries in southeast Africa. It provides a short and quick access route for the transit cargoes to/from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and DRC. A fuel pipeline also links the port with Zimbabwe.

The port of Beira has 11 berths stretching over a total length of 1,994m. This excludes berth Nr 1, which is reserved as a fishing harbour. ‘Cornelder de Moçambique’ (CdM), a joint venture between CFM (parastatal) and Cornelder Holding from the Netherlands, has operated it since 1998.

Beira is a tidal port – pilotage and tug assistance is therefore compulsory at all times. Access to the port is via the Macuti Channel (17 nautical miles from the Macuti lighthouse). After a recent dredging operation, the width of the channel is now 250m, and depth is 8m on the straight sections and 9.20m on the Macuti bend. Systematic dredging is required to maintain the channel depths and width.

The port of Beira is able to receive ships with a maximum tonnage of 60,000 tons, 24 hours a day. Vessels awaiting berth must anchor at the bar.

 

Port websites:

http://www.cfm.co.mz/index.php/en/infraestruturas/cfm-center/port-of-beira

http://www.cornelder.co.mz/home/home.html

 

Key port information may also be found at:

http://ports.com/mozambique/port-of-beira/

http://www.maritime-database.com/port.php?pid=2271

https://www.searates.com/port/beira_mz.htm

http://www.findaport.com/port-of-beira

 

km: n/a

Name: n/a

n/aAirlines: n/a

Airport Name: n/a

Port Location and Contact

Country

Mozambique

Province or District

n/aSofala

Nearest Town or City (Closest location)

with Distance (km)

from Port

Beira Port in town

Port's Complete Name

n/a

Port of Beira

Latitude

-19.

81891

8461

Longitude

34.

83406

8576

Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)

Cornelder de Mozambique

Management Contact Person

n/a 

Closest Nearest Airport and Airlineswith Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

International Arrivals/Departures

Beira International Airport

LAM and SAA

Port Picture

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Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Cornelder Mozambique manages the port.

4.3 Mozambique For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: HQ staff will input a link to section 4.4 Port and Waterways Company Companies Contact List here.

Port Performance

Beira is a tidal port – pilotage and tug assistance is therefore compulsory at all times. Access to the port is via the 17 nautical miles long Macuti Channel, with 250m width and 8m depth.

The port of Beira is not congested. It is able to receive ships with a maximum tonnage of 60,000 tons, 24 hours a day.

Berth occupancy in 2017 was 59% at the Container Terminal and 80% at General Cargo berths.

Despite the increased tonnage handled, the Container Terminal is not congested. Containers dwelling time is less than 10 days. With regard to bulk cargo (e.g. maize, wheat), productivity is around 150 mt/gang/hour, and bagged cargo average 30 mt/gang/hour.

Restricted road access to the port (roads are too narrow) and bureaucratic delays in the documentation process constitute the main constraints.

Priority for humanitarian cargo is easily negotiable.

 

Seasonal Constraints

 

Occurs

Time Frame

Rainy Season

Yes

From November to March

Major Import Campaigns

No

 

Handling Figures

Year 2009Other Comments

There was a total of 35 days without navigation in 2017 due to declared bad weather.

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Handling Figures for 2017

Vessel Calls

285479 (486 in 2016)

Container Traffic (TEUs)

92,236

For further port performance information, please select the following document:

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218,876 (197,183 in 2016)

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017

Bulk (mt)

5,010,961 (4,508,663 in 2016)

Break bulk (mt)

215,498 (215,626 in 2016)

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following links:

(OBS: Cornelder Tariff Book includes all tariffs except maritime services, which are included in the CFM Port Tariffs)

http://www.cornelder.co.mz/tarrifs/tariffs.html#

 

Berthing Specifications

Water Barges

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length

(m)

Maximum

Draft (m)

Comments

Conventional Berth (6)

1

170

10

General cargo

Conventional Berth (7)

1

165.5

10

General cargo

Conventional Berth (8)

1

187.9

10

Coal terminal berth

Conventional Berth (9)

1

167.3

670

10

Container Berth

7

10

General cargo/Silo berth

Conventional Berth (10)

1

167.3

10

General cargo/Silo berth

Container Berths (2 to 5)

4

645

12

Container/General cargo

Silo Berth (9 and 10)

12264

167.3

10

General cargo/Silo berth

Berthing Tugs

n/a

2

  

 

Water Barges

n.a.

  

 

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

Nr 6 to 10

Exports - Bagged Cargo

Nr 6 to 10

Imports and Exports - RoRo

n/a

The GCT has a total length of 986 m and the annual capacity of these berths is between 500,000 and 750,000 mt

For further information on container berths, please select the following document:

Mozambique Port of Beira Additional Information

Port Handling Equipment

Equipment

Available

(Yes / No)Other Imports

Nr 6 to 10

Port Handling Equipment

Cornelder, a joint venture between CFM, Cornelder Holland and current concessionaires, manages the port equipment.

n/a

Equipment

Available

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

n/a

n/a

n/aNo

  

Container Gantries

n/a

n/a

Yes

2x50 tons

2x60 tons

STS Gantry cranes are fully operational.

Mobile Cranes

Yes

1 - Up to 20 mt, From 20 – 34 mt,Over 34 mt

For renting charges, please see Mozambique Port of Beira Additional Information

Reachstacker

n/a

n/a

n/a3 material handler

1 mobile crane 28 tons

 

Reachstacker

Yes

20 Sany

All operational

RoRo Tugmaster (w/ with Trailer)

n/a

n/a

n/aYes

14x40 tons

16x60 tons

All operational

Grain Elevator w/ with Bagging Machines

n/a

n/a

n/a

Transtrainer

n/a

n/a

n/a

Forklifts

Yes

11 - from 5 to 30 mt

For renting charges, please see Mozambique Port of Beira Additional Information

Container Facilities

Yes

6 mobile bagging units, including hoppers

10 Bulk hoppers

 

Transtainer

No

  

Forklifts

Yes

5x3 tons

6x16 tons

2x30 tons

2x50 tons

3 x empty handler

 

Weighbridges

Yes

1x18 mts

3x24 mts

 

Over the year 2017, Gantry Crane availability was 93% (88% in 2016), Reach Stacker availability was 75% (73% in 2016) and Terminal Tractor availability was 92% (89% in 2016).

Container Facilities

With the transition from COSMOS to NAVIS N4 terminal operating system late 2016, the control of the yard, the truck flow and vessel operations has improved and container traffic has increased. The average yard utilisation was 6,000 TEU and the truck turnaround time is less than one hour.

n/a

Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

Yes

YesRailside Gantry 40 tons

 

Container Freight Station (CFS)

Yes, 7

Yes, 7No

 

Refrigerated Container Stations

n/a

n/a144

 

Other Capacity Details

Storage for 9,000 TEU

Dwell time less than 10 days

 

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per dayDay)

1,500 TEU330

 

Number of Reefer Stations
(
connection pointsConnection Points)

144

 

Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)

 

 

Off take capacity of gang shift (in Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per shiftShift)

n/a

n/a  

Customs Guidance

1.3 Mozambique Customs Information

Terminal Information

Grain and Bulk Handling

For information and Rates for Grain and Bulk Handling, please see the following document:

Mozambique Port of Beira Additional Information

Main Storage Terminal

For information on warehouses, leasing faciilities and Storage Rates, please select the following document:

Mozambique Port of Beira Additional Information

Port Security

  • On a regular basis, Cornelder Port authorities report that containers are stolen from the port and container doors are broken day and night. The authorities told the port users to wear jackets with the name of their company, to carry an ID card and to provide a list of persons who are authorized to enter in the port. But it is not sufficient and there are no armed guards at the port
  • In 2009 WFP reported that when break bulk cargo was received, it was frequent that stevedores stole vegetable oil and rice by throwing the bags and cartons into the sea water where a small boat waiting to receive stolen items. WFP requested that Cornelder provide armed guards at quay side at night and the robbery subsequently stopped
  • Cornelder port authorities took the decision to install cameras in and around the port and Cornelder is liaising with the local police to have day and night patrols as well as armed policemen during loading/offloading operations

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Security

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ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)

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Yes

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Current ISPS Level

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1

Customs regulations are, by their nature, complex and change regularly.  This is also the case in Mozambique where SADC regional integration requirements combine with existing local procedures depending on the cargo being cleared. Principal legislation, contacts and other useful customs-related information are available from the Mozambican Customs Authority (www.alfandegas.gov.mz)

The process of application for exemption of duties comprises following steps:

  • Accreditation and licensing to operate in Mozambique with special diplomatic status for duty free imports.
  • Before the arrival of the cargo submission of the following is required:
    Commercial invoice
    Packing List
    Application to Customs with justification for exemption

  • Customs clears the goods that can be exempted from duties, through the JUE (“Janela Única Eletrónica” or Electronic Single Window).
  • For the submission to JUE, the following is required:
    Commercial invoice
    Transport document (original)
    Packing List
    Customs clearance document

  • JUE issues a notice of payment (AP).
  • Deduction of import duties at JUE:
  • The AP is taken physically to the Tax Department to apply respective deduction of the value of the import duties
  • Once this step is finalized, the customs clearance process can be completed.

For more information on customs in Mozambique, please see the following link: HQ staff will input a link to section 1.3 Customs Information here. 

Terminal Information

MULTIPURPOSE TERMINAL

The container and multi-purpose terminal has a 645m long quay with a 12m depth alongside. The terminal has 9,000 TEU storage capacity and 144 electricity connection points for refrigerated containers. The container storage yard was recently expanded and covers now an area of 3 ha. The road access was also improved and has now five lines with an option for further extension. Currently the terminal uses the NAVIS N4 terminal operating system and can handle 300,000 TEU per year.

GRAIN AND BULK HANDLING

CdM does not manage this terminal. It can handle 4,000 to 5,000 tonnes per day and has a silo storage capacity of 50,000 tonnes. Wheat and maize are the product most commonly handled annually by users of the terminal.

MAIN STORAGE TERMINAL

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

5 covered warehouses

15,000

Refrigerated Cargo

  

General Cargo

Paved open air storage

150,000

Bulk Silo Storage

For cereals

50,000 tons

Stevedoring

The following companies perform stevedoring activities in the port of Beira:

Chele Serviços e Consultoria – http://www.csc.co.mz/

BMP

Chigolo

Marperita – http://www.marperita-mozambique.com/aboutus/

Mozport Beira – http://www.supermaritime.com/offices/beira/

Naval Serviços à Navegação

Hinterland Information

The port is served by two railway lines; one to Zimbabwe via Machipanda/Mutare (318 km to the border) operated by CFM, and another via D Ana to Malawi (357 km) and Moatize, Tete Province, (673 km) operated by CFM with a partial concession to ICVL and Jindal for the transport of coal from Moatize.

The road network serving the port is in reasonably good condition and enables the movement of trucks and international trade to/from Zimbabwe, Botswana (via Zimbabwe), Malawi and Zambia (via Zimbabwe, Malawi or directly via Tete Province). It also provides an easy route to access markets in Mozambique provinces of Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambézia.

Port Security

The port has a 6km long electro-welded security fencing and a CCTV surveillance system, which complies with international security standards.

Adequate safety procedures during cargo handling are in place.

Security

ISPS Compliant

Yes

Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)

1

Police Boats

n/aNo

Fire Engines

n/aYes (3)